Maxi – Hawaii Outfit 4 & Beach Vacation Essentials

 Dress: Brand & Label ‘Mesh Sweetheart Maxi’ via Tobi (get %50 off first order when you join!) 

Almost identical version – ‘In Lace and Love’ Maxi via August Wrinkle

Necklace: Jewelmint ‘Flores Collar

Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita ‘Onya’

 More wonderful photos from Hawaii taken on my visit almost 2 MONTHS ago. Better late than never right?? Oh, and I still have an outfit or two left to share…oops! I purchased this amazing maxi dress for the sole purpose of taking it on vacation. The dress ended up being more than I hoped for as it was very light and airy. I love that the lace is breezy and not stiff or itchy and that I can easily go braless (one of the main reasons I embrace my tiny boobs), so as not to distract from the gorgeous back. I will definitely be wearing this dress a lot this summer! I paired it with a pretty neon necklace and my absolute favoriteeee DV by Dolce Vita flatfoms. These are my summer staple. These shoes are amazing and I promise that you will see them a lot…I mean, I practically wore them every day last summer, so I just expect it will be the same this year!

Beach Vacation Essentials

 Pardon the horrible iPhone pictures, but I thought I would snap & share my beach vacation essentials. There are some things I cannot leave without. 

 In my beach bag, I always carry a pouch of some sort, to keep all of the smaller items from rolling around in my bag. The pouch typically holds…

1. Sunscreen: I really like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch. It’s not greasy and is great for my face and my nose, which is ALWAYS the first thing to get sunburned. 

2. Chapstick: Chapstick with an SPF is a must for any outdoor activity, but especially on vacation where the sun is intense. My favorite is Blistex, which has a SPF of 15. I have at least 10 of these lying around, but when I need one I can NEVER find it. Don’t you hate when that happens?

3. Hairbands: Just like the chapstick issue, I have a million hairbands but can never find one when I need one. Solution? I bought a handy metal ring, typically used to hold note cards together, and now I always know where they are. I always carry a million of these in my beach bag as I always need one, but hate when they get stretched out. I know…first world problems, right?

4. Giant Comb: Swimming always leaves my hair ridiculously tangled. To prevent having a giant knot all day, I pack a giant comb. I prefer brushing my hair with a comb as it hurts less and it is better on your hair! True story. 

5. Cheap Sunglasses: The beauty of cheap sunglasses? They are easily replaceable. Thats why I always grab a cute pair that cost under $12 that I can throw around and not worry about getting them scratched up or sitting on them (yes, this actually happens quite often in my life). 

 Packing makeup for a beach get away is typically pretty easy for me. I’m not a big makeup girl anyways, sticking to bare minerals and blush, and when I have a little tan on my face, I wear even less.

1. Moisturizer: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer is my all time favorite. I slather this stuff on my face morning and night. I started using this stuff faithfully about 2 years ago and since then have noticed a huge difference in my face. This stuff has been a miracle worker, and it has SPF 15. Perfect for every day wear.

2. Body Butter: Strawberry Body Butter from The Body Shop is amazing. The scent is seriously the best thing everrrrrrrrr. Plus, after spending the day in sand and salt water, it’s the perfect after shower treat.

3. Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is the perfect hair pick me up. When my hair needs a little something extra towards the end of the day or mornings when I skip the washing, this stuff is a life saver. I’ve tried a few brands from the local drug store, and Suave Dry Shampoo is typically what I stick with. At such a cheap price, it seems to do the trick, although I am in the process of looking for one that smells a little better…suggestions?

4. Mascara: If I decide to let the face go naked, the one thing I usually put on is a little mascara. My favorite at the moment? Covergirl Lash Blast Length, waterproof of course. I really like the brush and love that it doesn’t get super smeary towards the end of the day. 


1. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: All time favorite. Love the smell, love the feel, love the packaging. I’m really just obsessed.

2. Baby Lips: Baby lips are my newest love. A little pop of color is always nice, especially with a tan. For those of you, like me, who are a little nervous about going bold with your lips, this is a nice way to give your lips the tiniest hint of color and moisturize at the same time. Plus, they smell AMAZING! My two current favorites are “Coral Crush” and “Cherry Me”. 

3. Blistex: You already know:)

I read a lot. It’s one of my all time favorite things, ever. Yes, I’m slightly nerdy. I read just about anything, but really love young adult books. Maybe it has something to do with my profession (elementary teacher), or maybe it’s just a love for all things fluffy and happily-ever-after. It’s a guilty pleasure. Don’t judge. Anyways, I have a Kindle, but beach reading is not very Kindle friendly, at least in my opinion. Seriously guys, sand gets everywhere. So, even though I packed my Kindle, I also lugged 4 books (3 of which I read), to read on the beach. My choices…

1. My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick 

2. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire (NOT YA)

3. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

These are some of my beach vacation MUST haves. What are some of yours?



  1. April 27, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    Hahaha don't you love purchases that serve no other purpose than for vacation wearings? I love this dress so much, though. It looks super comfy and I love the textures in it!

    We aren't really beach people, so I've never had to think much of what to bring to one. 😉 Hehehe. Except for sunscreen… Because when you're pale as I am, you burn quite easily!

  2. April 27, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    Your outfit looks perfect for Hawaii! Have a great time on your trip! 🙂


  3. April 28, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Beautiful dress – I absolutely love the lace detailing on top! Super cute and oh so perfect for Hawaii. Love your beach essential list too. I love Baby Lips!

  4. April 28, 2013 / 7:18 am

    Haha, gotta embrace our small boobs! This maxi dress is lovely and fits just perfectly on you Ashley 🙂
    That necklace is the perfect statement piece too. I can't wait to see the rest of your Hawaii looks!
    Aha, and yeah, I just wear whatever I feel like really. Despite my blog's name (man, I wish I'd gone with a different one) I don't follow the trends xD Haha!
    Aw, and thanks girl, I was so nervous to go back to bangs. A side part was my go-to for so long! But hey, I bet you could rock bangs 🙂

    Trendy Teal

  5. April 28, 2013 / 8:17 am

    nice outfit, amazing smile!hugs

  6. April 28, 2013 / 9:32 am

    I love that Dress. U look stunning. <3 always when i try to wear such a long dress i look like an idiot 😀 my body is not made for this kind of dress 🙂


  7. April 28, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    stunning dress =)

  8. April 28, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    Oooh, fabulous dress! I love gray! ^_^ The back has that certain WOW effect 😀

  9. April 28, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    Such a fun dress- flattering on your figure, too!

  10. April 28, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Gorgeous dress, it looks so easy to wear and style for the summer time


  11. April 29, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Your dress is so pretty! I love the bit of lace and just how comfy it looks too. It's so gorgeous with the statement necklace, it adds the perfect amount of color! And hahahaha I love ready fluffy happy ending books too 🙂 And that's so awesome that you're a teacher!

  12. April 29, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    That maxi is adorable on you–and I love Rosebud Salve too! I swear, nothing hydrates my lips (and cuticles!) better.

  13. April 29, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    Cute dress!! Your bag looks pretty identical to mine! LOVE covergirl lastblast- it's my holy grail mascara, hands down. Also, that hairbands on a ring idea? GENIUS. I just happened to have a ring handy, and I totes just copied it. Seriously, thank you for sharing. Mind blown. haha


  14. May 1, 2013 / 1:10 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous! That dress is really pretty. I love that lace detail and I did not expect that slit in the skirt- makes it just that much more classy. I live off of that Neutrogena sunscreen while on vacation. After that, I just can't go back to non-sheer sunscreen!


  15. October 9, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    This is a great article and I love your site. My daughters have the same sort of fashion style as you do and they had to buy a lot of new clothes for our trip to Maui this past summer. I also recommended them to buy a few new books because of the long plane ride and just hanging out on the beach. We usually stay at resorts when we go on vacation because there is always a lot to do. However, this past vacation we decided to use Maui vacation rentals so we could have more freedom with what we wanted to do. There was also a lot more space for my wife and daughters. Great article thanks for sharing!

  16. October 10, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Lovely maxi dress but I don't like much the color. You are stunning on that dress. 🙂

    It would be a perfect travel accessories if you are on a beach or a dinner night.

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